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Cabin Creek Timber Frames

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rtubbs

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Anyone with experience appraising dwellings of timberframe construction by Cabin Creek Timber Frames located in Franklin, North Carolina. I have plans & specs for a 2,400 square foot house with an owners estimated value of $110/square foot. Seems pretty rich but then again I'm not sure yet what it's all about.

This post is a feeler before I even commit myself to the assignment
 

jtrotta

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Don't know if they'll use the same technique, as they do up here, but you'll need to do some exploring first anyway. A few years back, there was a big kick for building the old time "Timber Frame" homes up in Vermont / New Hampshire and then it took off here in CT.; so naturally we had to do some inquiriing, in all area's to see what was what. After many, many months of searching and talking with many builders in that field, I came to the conclusion that the cost's can run from; $105 to $145 per SF, based in part on what is needed. If this is a typical "Barn Raising" style, a good bit of the cost is put forth in the "man power" to put it together. SPent some time with a firend of mine up in Vermont some years back and watched a few sections get raised, truly an interesting concept. When you consider these puppies may be around for 150 to 300 years, it's really a good investment and money well spent.

Do the do and gather as much info as you can; save it and it will always become a useful part of your "Expertise" in the field.

Enjoy - it's a wonderful experience and you'll meet some great folk - we got to meet one of the last great "Barn Raisers" in New England.

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Mountain Man

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www.cctimberframes.com

Seen them around, but have not had the pleasure of appraising one of their homes yet. I have appraised some other similar post and timber homes built by John Konig, and that cost seems about right, it ain't cheap. :wink: Have money, will build.
 

Restrain

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My only concern would be cost vs. value. In Texas we have a varying range of log cabins from cheap peeled green pine to custom homes of kiln-dried spruce. Market return can vary significantly with cost exceeding the market return being a problem. Just be careful.
 
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